I’m interested in making something romantic out of a very, very mechanistic geometry. Geometry and color represent to me an idealized, classical place that’s very clear and very pure.

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Richard Anuszkiewicz 1930–2020

Richard Anuszkiewicz was born of humble beginnings in Erie, PA to working class immigrant parents. While attending a local Catholic school, the nuns noticed and encouraged his surprisingly advanced talent for drawing. At the age of 17 he won a National Scholastic Art award and then a full scholarship to the Institute of Art in Cleveland, Ohio where he would go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 1953. That same year he won a prestigious Pulitzer travel fellowship. Rather than go to Europe like so many of his contemporaries, he opted to study under Josef Albers at Yale University for his master’s degree.

Albers, a German-born artist and educator, was one of the most influential visual arts teachers of the 20th century and his theory of color and iconic color square paintings had an enormous impact on Anuszkiewicz’s artistic development. After graduating from Yale, Anuszkiewicz returned to Ohio and studied at Kent State University where he earned a teaching degree. It was during this time that he devoted himself more seriously to painting and delved deeper into color theory and optical perception. At first, his paintings found tepid reception, with dealers complaining that his works were nice to look at but difficult on the eyes. This all changed after his solo exhibition at Contemporaries gallery in New York in 1960.

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RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Untitled (from the Temple Series) | ragoarts.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Untitled (from the Temple Series)

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $50,000
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Mystic Red | ragoarts.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Mystic Red

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $43,750
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Untitled | ragoarts.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Untitled

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $37,500
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Yellowing Red Portal | ragoarts.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Yellowing Red Portal

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $7,800
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Reflections IV | ragoarts.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Reflections IV

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $7,500
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Reflections IV - Grey | ragoarts.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Reflections IV - Grey

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $4,550
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Annual Editions (four works) | ragoarts.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Annual Editions (four works)

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $4,225
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Triangulated Orange | ragoarts.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Triangulated Orange

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,250
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Four Annual Editions | ragoarts.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Four Annual Editions

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,120
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Manhattan | ragoarts.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Manhattan

estimate: $800–1,000
result: $2,000
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Untitled (Translumina with Turquoise) | ragoarts.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Untitled (Translumina with Turquoise)

estimate: $500–700
result: $1,750
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Concave Convex | ragoarts.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Concave Convex

estimate: $600–800
result: $1,375
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Red, White and Blue from the 1776 USA 1976: Bicentennial Prints portfolio | ragoarts.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Red, White and Blue from the 1776 USA 1976: Bicentennial Prints portfolio

estimate: $300–500
result: $1,375
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Untitled | ragoarts.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Untitled

estimate: $800–1,000
result: $1,125
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Neon Bands; League of Women Voters (two works) | ragoarts.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Neon Bands; League of Women Voters (two works)

estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $1,125
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Plate IX from the Sequential Portfolio | ragoarts.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Plate IX from the Sequential Portfolio

estimate: $800–1,200
result: $1,000
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Red, White and Blue from 1776 USA 1976 Bicentennial Prints | ragoarts.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Red, White and Blue from 1776 USA 1976 Bicentennial Prints

estimate: $300–500
result: $688
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Structured Reds (C 220) | ragoarts.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Structured Reds (C 220)

estimate: $40,000–60,000
RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Red, White and Blue from the 1776 USA 1976: Bicentennial Prints portfolio | ragoarts.com

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Red, White and Blue from the 1776 USA 1976: Bicentennial Prints portfolio

estimate: $300–500